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All or Nothing!

November 8, 2012

Did you even notice this blog seems to be all or nothing?  There have been no posts since …  August?  Now there are several.  I had written more and posted two more photos in Kevin’s Saints post and they seem to be gone.  So, I think I’ll quit for now.   Perhaps if I leave it for a little while it will reappear.   I have another post to do about All Saints this year, so perhaps in the coming days I’ll get to it.

Another thing is that I just found out this is my 400th post!  Wow!  To celebrate that, I’ll post a picture of our resident Luke Skywalker for the boys…

Until next time, God bless!

My Office in the School Room

March 24, 2012

If you have been to my house in the last few years, you know that my desk is always piled with goodies and the table is usually covered.  Well, we worked on it today.  We took a few pictures because it may never look like this again.  I’m open for business now!  Veronica added the candle on the table.

There is a story behind the Pac-Man garbage can.  My favorite brother bought it for me years ago.  He would always get me presents that he really wanted himself, but was considered too old for.  When I grew up I gave it to a little boy named Steven.  After Steven passed away, his parents gave this back to me.  He kept it in his room all those years.  Now it proudly sits in my office.

Life Just Doesn’t Stop!

March 28, 2011

Here it is, 11:30 pm, and I’m still awake.  It seems that it will be a long night, as one small child has a stomach bug (that came on suddenly while sitting on my lap!) and my stomach is feeling compromised, despite my best efforts to help it feel better.  Baby has been sleeping for a while, and it will probably be another two hours before he wakes up, but you never know.  Baby, you ask.  He, you ask.  Well, since I last blogged, we had a beautiful baby boy.  Vincent Benedict Patrick was born weighing in at 7 lbs, 13 ozs.  He’s a beauty and looks like a Vogel baby.  Sometimes when nursing him or burping him, I get the sense that we have been here with this baby before.  However, it is probably just the resemblance.   Once again the birth looked quite easy according to those present.  For me it was one of the hardest.  Must be the age!    Vincent was baptized on St. Patrick’s Day followed by a low Mass and picnic in our picture perfect 75 degree and sunny weather that day.  What a blessing.  Pictures of that will be forthcoming when they arrive from the person who took them.  Vincent wore my Grandfather’s Baptism gown from 1886.  It is starting to fall apart a bit, but it is still beautiful.

Here are some pictures from his first day outside the womb…

You may click on the pictures for a larger view…



Here are some pictures from when Vincent was about 2 weeks old…



Here is Vincent with his Godfather on his baptism day…

It never ceases to amaze me how much these babies remind me of my father just before he died.  There were times when he really, really wanted to look at his grandchildren, but it was such a struggle for him to open his eyes.  His whole forehead would slowly wrinkle and move up until he barely opened his eyes.  That is exactly how a newborn opens his eyes. 

Another random thought … just after the children watched The Sound of Music, one of them came up to me and said, “We have 7 children now.”  Wow!  How did that happen?  They really are all such gifts from God.  Today as the littlest girl was sick, the older girls were taking such care of her.  They were following her to the bathroom to make sure she was OK.  Their parents did not request this, they did it on their own.  It is a joy to watch the moments when they give so much of themselves for each other.

On a totally different note, someone mentioned that the Duggars make their own laundry detergent.  A search of their website will bring you to a recipe in with their food recipes.  All of the ingredients were found at the local grocery store and tonight we finally made some.  Help was needed for lifting the 5 gallon bucket.  It has not yet been 6 weeks since Vincent was born, so I’m still taking it a bit easier.  It will sit overnight and we’ll see how it works.  Here’s hoping it cleans well so that we can save a bit of money in that area. 

Quilting has been non-existent as it is tax season.  There is not too much work for me, but enough that I will not let myself quilt until it is all done.  Finding time in between cooking and caring for newborn is interesting.  The sewing machine is calling my name and our bed quilt is starting to fall apart.  One day we’ll have another. 

We have all gone macro!  Macrobiotic that is.  Hubby had a little bit of a health scare (it’s all clear) and decided to eat healthier.  It is a big commitment!  For him to not eat out and have a lot of junk food is a major commitment.  For me the cooking is huge!  I love it, but it does take a lot of time.  Meal planning is, and has always been a big challenge for me.  It still needs a lot of work, but we are sitting down to just about every meal together.  My fussiest eater has even started eating!   It is a miracle!! He says he wants to go to camp so he is learning to eat.  He found that he loves kale and even likes carrots.  Hubby has lost over 20 pounds so far and is feeling so much better.  Posting our menus and meals here is a desire of mine, but knowing my limitations, it doesn’t seem like it will get done. 

PRAYER REQUEST…Almost forgot, we found out that a lady we knew in our old town has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  Please pray for Kathi and her family.  Thank you!

OK, enough rambling!  I hope you have had a wonderful February and March!  God bless you and yours.

R.I.P. Br. James

August 17, 2010

Our good friend, Brother James, passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer.   He will be sorely missed not only by us, but by his family at the Society of St. Paul Monestary in Canfield, OH.

He has been featured on this blog before, usually having something to do with a golf cart! 

Our James especially remembers his “warm smile.” 

  May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace.   Amen.

2009 Pictures – A Little Late

March 14, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving!



John turned 13!!!  Aunt Sue sent a camera.  (Thank you!!!)


We took a day trip down to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.



Treats from Joe’s cousin, Sr. Mary.  (Thank you!!!)

We went to a wonderful Christmas party this year.  Santa Claus was outstanding. 





Aunt Marie and Uncle Homer sent a box full of gifts. (Thank you!!!)  The children opened them on Christmas Eve.




Here are some pictures from Christmas morning…



The present from cousin Laura.  (Thank you!!!!)  They didn’t want to open it too fast because they really, really liked the wrapping paper. 

Ready for Mass.  The had lasted about 2 minutes!

We hope you had a happy November and December!

Biblical World View – What’s Missing

February 11, 2010

I just had to post this here. The author is one of the local homeschool dads.  Enjoy!

Let’s See How Long this will Stay Here

February 6, 2010

I really have not given up blogging, I don’t think, anyway. There is just so much going on around here that my head is spinning. Hopefully this coming week there will be a post about the end of 2009 here. After that, perhaps posting will become more of a regular thing. But, I would not hold my breath. I have great plans again for the garden and have already started planning. My seed notebook is up to date. If we can keep up with the plantings and weeding, we’ll be in good shape.

Now, Mary Lou, if you are reading, thank you for the gifts you sent. MaryEllen has exclaimed more than once today that you must have sent that rain coat because you knew she would need it. She went out on the back stoop twice today, briefly, just so she could say she went out side in it. She also had it on this evening over her nightgown. I’m not sure if she has worn it to bed or not, but I would not be surprised. She really likes that and the toys and art supplies you sent as well. John took pictures of her opening the packages, so I’ll try to get them on here before too long.

OK, off to make a birthday cake! Red velvet, if you are wondering.

Edited to add…here is a link to my post about red velvet cake.


October 19, 2009

We are always grateful for the clothes people give us.  Not too long ago, I passed on all the boy clothes from size 18 months to size 7.  Some of those clothes were hard to give up.  Not only did all three of my boys wear them, but I remember my 20-something nephew wearing them as well.  Trusting in the Lord, Joe reminded me to “let the Lord provide” if we ever have any more boys.  Typing that last sentence seems strange to me because I remember a time, not too long ago, when I wondered if we would have any girls.  Here are some pictures of an outfit that Aunt Mary Lou bought for Mary Ellen about 6 years ago.  We have pictures of MaryEllen wearing it.  The neat thing about this is that I got Veronica dressed and put the hat on.  She let me take one picture and promptly took that hat off.  Then she had fun playing with it and putting it back on herself.  Enjoy the pictures!

veronica in blue 1  

veronica in blue 2

veronica in blue 3

veronica in blue 4

veronica in blue 5

veronica in blue 6

scan0001Yes, this is the old picture of MaryEllen!  I just had to throw that in.

We’re in the Country Now!

September 28, 2009

I know it has been a long times since the last post.  I have a lot of pictures to post and notes to write.  What has brought me here tonight for a quick post is this…the District Fair.  Fair time is not usually anything specialsfor us here.  I had been meaning for years to try and get my act together for the local County fair and for the last four years it has come and gone without us.   For the last 3 years we have been out-of-town for the district fair.  This year the Boy Scout troop was presenting colors before the demolition derby.  We didn’t know that before hand.  We just knew that Kevin had to be there by 5:30 in Class A uniform for a flag ceremony.  Joe and I talked about it and we decided to go in because the demolition derby was included in the admission price.  Well, let me tell you, it has been a long time since I was at a demolition derby.  Back in the 80’s my brother raced stock cars in the Street Stock division at Wall Stadium in New Jersey.  A few times a year they had a demolition derby along with a Street Stock race.  I do believe that was the last time I was at one.  As we approached we were all a bit excited.  After all, this was my very first county fair!!!  actually it was a first for all of us except Joe.  Let me just tell you, I had forgotten how much I like demolition derbys.  So much, in fact, that while I was screaming cheering for a station wagon who was nearly out of it, but then coming back to put on a great show, that I actually felt like a true hick.  We’ll go back later this week to go see the exhibits of fruits, vegetables, animals, and (hopefully) quilts.  I’m also thinking that a bull ride competition would be fun….but then again, a tractor pull sounds exciting.  I haven’t been to one of them since the day Great Adventure was too crowded so we went to the mud hop at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey!  But, that is another story all together and this post is really not nearly as exciting as I had hoped.  The kids were asking to go back next year before we even left the fair!

Pictures for Mom

August 24, 2009

My Mom is staying at my sister’s house right now.  My sister has Internet access, so I am just going to post some pictures.  We have been away to Charleston, SC and Pigeon Forge, TN.  The pictures that I post will come from that vacation. 

 Before we left, Charlotte treated us to a little dress up. She used the couch’s arm cover.  charlotte couch head

While we were away, Veronica turned one.  Where does the time go?  Here she is opening a present before we left.

 Veronica opening present 1   Veronica with dress 1 year old  Veronica with bib 1 year old

 We arrived at Dollywood one morning and the first thing Veronica did was fall asleep. Veronica at Dollywood

kids at dollywood  James at Dollywood

  family at dollywood  teacups at dollywood  We went to Dollywood with some friends of ours, so yes, there are some extra children in the picture by the sign.  We also ran into my brother and niece there and got a family shot in the parking lot at the end of the day.

Next we went onto Charleston.  We got there just in time for a Solemn High Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.  The boys were very excited that they were able to serve that evening.   We just love it when there are a lot of priests and seminarians around.

cathedral charleston 1   cathedral charleston 2   cathedral charleston 3

We toured many places in Charleston including Ft. Sumter and the aquarium.  We also spent a day at the beach and the children loved it.  The boys would dig holes and Veronica would crawl over and get in them.  There were loads of starfish and sand dollars.  I had never seen any of those things on the beach in New Jersey. 

charlotte at beach   veronica at beach  MaryEllen with starfish

aquarium 1  john with frog  veronica at aquarium

maryellen & crab  maryEllen with frog

Last, but certainly not least, we went back to Pigeon Forge so we could hike in the Smokey’s. 

kids in the smokys  james & kevin at the smokeys  John in the Smokys

sugarlands visitor center 

Hi Mom!  We hope you enjoyed the pictures and we hope you are enjoying your stay.  Send Aunt Gert our love.